Fuel Your Body Right: 10 Foods to Steer Clear of After Working Out

By Hannah de Gruchy / Nutrition / April 4th, 2022

9. Energy Bars

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You’d think that an energy bar would be top of the list when it comes to food to eat after exercise, and not appear on a list of foods not to eat after exercise. But the truth is, even though they might claim to be an excellent source of protein and appeal to gym goers, they’re actually often packed with sugars.

The sugars in such bars may be listed as all manner of syrups too, meaning that they’re not even naturally derived sugars, but heavily processed sugars. Sugars interfere with the fat burning that should take place after exercise, jumping the queue to be used up first, leaving the fat where it is. So as tempting and convenient as they might be, a banana and a couple of teaspoons of nut butter is a much better option.


Energy bars designed for sportspeople are often packed with sugars and artificial syrups that do nothing good for us after exercise. If you’re on-the-go, opt for snacks such as nuts and fruit instead.


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